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September 2011

 

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The Truth About Stevia—The So-called "Healthy" Alternative Sweetener

By Natalie Digate Muth, M.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Once limited to the health-food market as an unapproved herb, the plant-derived sweetener known as stevia is now widely available and rapidly replacing artificial sweeteners in consumer products. But is it really a safer alternative? We uncover what the research has to say about this popular zero-calorie sweetener.
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Are Fitness Professionals Qualified to Teach Yoga?

By Megan Senger

Given yoga’s widespread popularity, you may sometimes feel inspired—or compelled—to include a few yoga poses in your clients’ workouts, or to even teach a yoga class. But exactly who is qualified to teach yoga? We examine the current yoga-training debate and show how you can safely help your clients benefit from this popular mind-body discipline.
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Social Icebreakers for Group Training

By Amanda Vogel, M.A.

Many people report that the support network, camaraderie and social atmosphere of groups are all key reasons for why they stick with an exercise program. Here are some tips for how you can serve as a social bridge—or host—of your classes and help your clients make those all-important connections with one another.
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Follow-up Q and A: Dangerous Dips

After ACE released the findings of its best triceps exercises study, several readers questioned whether dips—one of the study’s top three most effective triceps exercises—are a safe option for their clients. Read on to learn the benefits and drawbacks of this common exercise in this follow-up Q and A.
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Impulsive, Neurotic People Most Likely to Be Overweight

A new study suggests that certain personality traits may be strongly linked to being overweight. Researchers believe these findings may help to explain why some people go through countless cycles of weight gain and loss and, therefore, have a harder time maintaining a healthy weight.
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